Oklahoma elections: Mid-Del bond narrowly fails; Edmond bond passes

A $191 million plan to streamline the Midwest City-Del City School District narrowly failed Tuesday. In Edmond, voters approved a $29.9 million proposal for school improvements and a competition swimming pool.
BY BOB DOUCETTE bdoucette@opubco.com Modified: December 15, 2010 at 8:15 am •  Published: December 15, 2010
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Soldier Creek Elementary would have been rebuilt on site.

At the middle school level, the district would've closed Jarman and expanded Monroney, and closed Kerr and expanded Del Crest, leaving one middle school each to feed into Midwest City and Del City high schools, school officials said.

School service offices would have been consolidated into Jarman.

Passage to ‘benefit our students'

In Edmond, school officials were pleased with voters' approval of a nearly $30 million plan to make districtwide improvements and build a competition-ready swimming pool.

“We're appreciative of the Edmond community once again,” Edmond Superintendent David Goin said Tuesday.

“The passage of the propositions will benefit our students, ultimately.”

Most of the money — $19 million — would go toward improvements at a number of schools, for the purchase and installation of computers and other technology equipment and to pay for security equipment and background checks for district employees.

Bond funds also would purchase athletic and fine arts equipment, including band uniforms.

Another $10 million will go toward building an eight-lane, 50-meter pool with seating for 800 spectators.

“We anticipate it (the pool) will be a destination for state and regional meets and provide for the needs of a growing student population” Goin said.

About $900,000 will go toward new buses and other school vehicles, district officials said.

All three propositions passed with more than a two-thirds majority, the Oklahoma County Election Board reported.